Didier Drogba the 37 years Ivorian striker said on Sunday that he would leave Chelsea at the end of the season and yet he intended to play at least one year with another club before retiring.

“I still want to play for a year and to have more time in the field. I think I have to go to another club,” he said before the Premier League match against Sunderland. Game which will be his last at Stamford Bridge, with the captain’s armband.

Overview of Didier Drogba story

Drogba has been wearing the Blues jersey from 2004 to 2012 and this season after a short time in China and Turkey. He has won everything with the club, including the Championship, the FA Cup and the Champions League.

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“All the fans know my love for Chelsea and I hope to return with another role in the future,” added the striker. He was the author among others of the equalizer in the 88th minute in the final of the Champions League in 2012 before scoring the winning penalty during the shoot-out.

Overshadowed this season by the Hispano-Brazilian Diego Costa. Didier Drogba scored 7 goals in 39 games in all competitions, but only has 13 tenure.

Author of a doubled-Championship League Cup this season, the former player Marseille, Le Mans and Guingamp will thus won 14 major trophies with the London club.

In August, he ended his international career with the Elephants of Ivory Coast after scoring 65 goals in 104 games.

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“Everybody at Chelsea would like to thank Didier Drogba for his accomplishments here. He will always be welcome at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have commented in a statement. We are convinced that all our fans will join us in wishing him all the best in the future and thank him for all these wonderful memories. ”

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